Weeks after donating $3M towards conservation efforts to save tigers, Leonardo DiCaprio is now turning his attention towards the environment with the launch of an electric race car team.
The Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team, formed by the actor in partnership with Gildo Pallanca Pastor (founder of EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles), Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa, will look to compete in the new FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric race series beginning in September 2014.
“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” DiCaprio said. “Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”
DiCaprio’s team will now be submitted to the FIA for approval as the tenth and final team to enter the new zero emission series. They will compete against green machine teams from around the globe like Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing, Asia’s China Racing, Super Aguri and Mahindra Racing, and European squads Drayson Racing, e.dams, Audi Sport ABT and Virgin Racing.
“It’s an honour and a pleasure to welcome the Venturi Grand Prix team as the tenth and final team of the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings. “Gildo is a true pioneer in electric racing. From the desert of Salt Lake to Antarctica, his passion and vision pushes forward the technology barriers of what can be done with an electric car. But Gildo is not alone in this venture. Global entrepreneurs Francesco Costa and Bert Hedaya bring great experience and energy to the team.
“And of course, I want to give a very special welcome to our Championship to Leonardo DiCaprio. Very few environmental leaders have helped more than him to spread the message of sustainability around the world. Having people like him and Richard Branson – global ambassadors for the environment – is a privilege for our Championship and will greatly help us to spread the use of electric cars in cities around the planet.”
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